She’s a 12-year-old star who will soon be the third child from Kazakhstan to sing at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. And recently Karakat Bashanova sat down with us to discuss the competition and her big ballad “Forever”.
Karakat, who has been singing since she was five years old, takes nothing for granted — and that includes winning the national final. “All the participants were very talented and they had great songs,” she says. “For me it was important to be heard, not to win.”
But, of course, she did win — and that unleashed a wave of emotions that she can’t fully describe. “To be honest, I don’t really remember what I felt. The only thing that I remember is that I couldn’t express my feelings.”
Karakat Bashanova (Kazakhstan 2020) Interview
Ahead of the competition she made it clear to her composer Khamit Shangaliyev that she wanted to honour her father, who passed away a few years ago.
“We talked to him for more than an hour an he asked me what I wanted to sing about. I told him I wanted to dedicate my song to my father. The music video is about fathers that leave the world….and the kids waiting for them. I want to be heard because it’s my story. I think my song is going to become an ode for kids around the world.”
Such a story carries significant weight. She had to draw on all her inner resources to sing the number — and fulfil her wish to honour her dad.
“The first time it was really hard to perform this song. This is a really emotional song. It means a lot to me. But at that moment I thought, ‘What if my father could hear me?’ and how proud of me he would be. Then I forced myself to perform this song.”
What’s her advice for people struggling with the loss of a loved one?
“It’s really important to move on. Even though they are not with us, they are watching us, looking after us, and they are helping us and supporting us.”
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